Title page for ETD etd-02202009-080341


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Tadepalli, Sriram Satish
Author's Email Address stadepal@vt.edu
URN etd-02202009-080341
Title Schemas of Clustering
Degree PhD
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ramakrishnan, Naren Committee Chair
Helm, Richard Frederick Committee Member
Murali, T. M. Committee Member
Watson, Layne T. Committee Member
Zhang, Liqing Committee Member
Keywords
  • bioinformatics
  • contingency tables
  • Clustering
  • multi-criteria optimization
  • relational clustering
Date of Defense 2009-01-29
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Data mining techniques, such as clustering, have become a mainstay in many applications such as bioinformatics, geographic information systems, and marketing. Over the last decade, due to new demands posed by these applications, clustering techniques have been significantly adapted and extended. One such extension is the idea of finding clusters in a dataset that preserve information about some auxiliary variable. These approaches tend to guide the clustering algorithms that are traditionally unsupervised learning techniques with the background knowledge of the auxiliary variable. The auxiliary information could be some prior class label attached to the data samples or it could be the relations between data samples across different datasets. In this dissertation, we consider the latter problem of simultaneously clustering several vector valued datasets by taking into account the relationships between the data samples.

We formulate objective functions that can be used to find clusters that are local in each individual dataset and at the same time maximally similar or dissimilar with respect to clusters across datasets. We introduce diverse applications of these clustering algorithms: (1) time series segmentation (2) reconstructing temporal models from time series segmentations (3) simultaneously clustering several datasets according to database schemas using a multi-criteria optimization and (4) clustering datasets with many-many relationships between data samples.

For each of the above, we demonstrate applications, including modeling the yeast cell cycle and the yeast metabolic cycle, understanding the temporal relationships between yeast biological processes, and cross-genomic studies involving multiple organisms and multiple stresses. The key contribution is to structure the design of complex clustering algorithms over a database schema in terms of clustering algorithms over the underlying entity sets.

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